Shaykh Saed Rageah (الشيخ سعيد راجح) was born in Somalia and in the late 80sn moved to North America. Rageah has a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari’ah and he has had several posts over the years, including: founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association.
He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association, and served as the Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Currently, he serves as Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto, the Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference and as an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute.
In a lecture delivered in Denmark (posted on Youtube on April 15, 2013) dealing with women’s right Shaykh Rageah asserted that Islam, unlike the Christianity and Judaism, dignifies women. Referring to Israel and the Jews in this regard Shaykh Rageah said the following:
“In Europe… there is something called sex slaves. What did they do? They steal little girls. Glory be to Allah (سبحان الله), You know number one in the world who does that? Number one country in the world? Israel. They are number one in sex salve, which means they gonna steal little girls and they gonna sell them, and these little girls have no hope. Unfortunately, in Canada and in America we have Somali guys do it to Somali sisters…
“If you ever go to, what’d you call, New York City, and you go to Yahoud [Jewish] area, especially [word in Somali] with the long hair [sidelocks], [word in Somali] the long hair ones, you would see [several words in Somali] they wash the bed sheet and they put it outside. And you’d say why? Why this [word in Somali]. How come that, you know, black and white, did they just love white? They say this is for the married couple. During the intimacy his skin is not allowed to touch her skin. She is impure. This is what they think. They think she is impure. So if the male wants to have relations with his wife he has to cover her with go’a [word in Somali which means bedding, sheet]. I swear by Allah [والله] that’s what it is, and they have little holes in the sheet [go’a]. You have to cover, they have to cover their wives with the sheets. This is what they consider a religion of freedom.”